Incident 531: AI-Assisted Body Scanners Reportedly Subjected Transgender Travelers to Invasive Body Searches

Description: Transportation Security Administration (TSA)'s use of image-processing body scanners at airports led transgender and gender-nonconforming travelers to be subjected to allegedly discriminatory and invasive searches, such as being asked to remove undergarments in private rooms by officers not of their gender.


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TSA’s Body Scanners Are Gender Binary. Humans Are Not. · 2019

This story was co-published with the Miami Herald.

On Sept. 15, 2017, Olivia stepped into a full-body scanner at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

When she stepped out, a female Transportation Security Administration offi…


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